10/28/2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP-October 21-27

Numbers dropping but excellent birding and a couple of goodies.....
 
We are now past the peak of fall migration in southern Ontario although daily banding totals are still above average. Even though we are past the peak of songbird migration, we still have much to look forward to such as the arrival of late fall passerines (e.g. American Tree Sparrows, Snow Buntings, Redpolls), Raptors (e.g. Northern Goshawk, Rough-legged Hawk), Owls and perhaps a few more surprises.
 
The week has been fairly steady in terms of daily banding totals as we are averaging approximately 50 birds/day. Kinglets, Hermit Thrush and Slate-coloured Junco were the primary species captured on the 21st when 83 birds were banded. Another 77 birds were banded on the 22nd and 86 were banded on the 23rd. Poor weather on the 24th resulted in only 23 birds being banded and 18 recaptured. This was rather fortuitous as it gave us ample opportunity to spend time with park visitors for the Tommy Thompson Park Fall Bird Festival. The banding demonstrations are becoming a staple at TTPBRS and are extremely rewarding for both the visitors and station personnel! Heavy fog on the 25th resulted in high detection but few captures as Myrtle Warblers and Kinglets were observed feeding at canopy level on insect clouds. A White-eyed Vireo banded on the 26th was the first of this species ever recorded at TTPBRS! The bird was recaptured again today along with a late Gray Catbird, Magnolia Warbler and Nashville Warbler. The highlight for today was the second record of Yellow-breasted Chat for TTPBRS. The first record was October 6 of this year. The bird was heard singing near net 3 just off the road and was not relocated.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Banding
Oct 23
1-Field Sparrow
3-Northern Cardinal
Oct 26
1-White-eyed Vireo (1st for TTPBRS)
1-Common Yellowthroat
Oct 27
1-Nashville Warbler (late)
1-Magnolia Warbler (late)
3-American Tree Sparrow
 
Observations
Oct 21
3-Sanderling
2-Canvasback
Oct 22
1-Pine Warbler
1-Red Knot
Oct 23
1-Merlin
11-American Crow
2-Red Knot
4-White-rumped Sandpiper
Oct 25
55-Dunlin
1-Hairy Woodpecker
1-White-breasted Nuthatch
165-Golden-crowned Kinglet
40-Myrtle Warbler
5-Purple Finch
21-Pine Siskin
Oct 26
1-Northern Saw-whet Owl
3-Eastern Bluebird
Oct 27
1-Yellow-breasted Chat (2nd for TTPBRS)
120-Red-winged Blackbird
 
Season Banding Total
3653
 
Season Species Total
165
 
Dan Derbyshire
Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
 

10/27/2004


White-eyed Vireo, October 26-2004 (derbyshire) Posted by Hello

10/22/2004


Northern Saw-whet Owl October 18, 2004 (Seabrooke Leckie) Posted by Hello

Migration Monitoring at TTP-October 14-20

High winds, rain, and few migrants.....
 
The week started off with moderate numbers of birds passing through Tommy Thompson Park. 64 birds were banded on the 14th, 46 on the 15th and 60 on the 16th. Species composition during the early part of the week was dominated by Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglet (surprise!), Brown Creeper and Dark-eyed Junco. Similar to last year, many kinglets are stopping over for longer periods than other migrants at TTP, as evidenced by the 43 we recaptured on October 16th. The latter part of the week was essentially a bust for the banding program of our protocol as winds were too high to open the nets. Despite the winds, the birding has been quite good in the past week, especially for waterbirds. Tommy Thompson Park is currently being flooded with ducks such as Long-tailed Duck, American Widgeon, Bufflehead, and Greater and Lesser Scaup. Also, with the low water levels on TTP shorelines, shorebirds have been much more numerous on peninsula D than in years previous. Staff and volunteers of the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station have begun Saw-whet Owl Monitoring and so far we have only managed to catch 6, however we have had few nights with ideal weather conditions and the Saw-whet migration will continue through mid-late November.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Banding
Oct 18
1-American Woodcock
 
Observations
Oct 14
17-Winter Wren
150-Golden-crowned Kinglet
20-Hermit Thrush
3-Sanderling
Oct 15
7-Black-bellied Plover
Oct 16
1-Vesper Sparrow (1st for TTPBRS)
1-Osprey
Oct 18
1-Barred Owl (1st for TTPBRS)
4-Pectoral Sandpiper
2-Red Knot (1st for TTPBRS)
Oct 19
5-Chipping Sparrow (high count for TTPBRS)
 
Lakewatch from Endikement Tip on October 20:
1-Pomarine Jaeger
2-Red-throated Loon
80-White-winged Scoter
4-Black Scoter
1-Surf Scoter
 
Season Banding Total
3240
 
Season Species Total
163
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
 
 

10/19/2004

windy, windy, windy

Wind and rain have limited net hours during the past week, however we have managed to add Red Knot, Barred Owl and Vesper Sparrow to the TTPBRS checklist.
 
Also, we managed to band 2 Northern Saw-whet Owls the night of the 18th, which brings our NSWO season total to just 4. More to come.....
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
 
The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)
 
TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO:   www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb/

Foreign Recovery

On May 24th, 2004 we recaptured an American Redstart with a band that was not ours. Here is the origin of this bird:
 
This AMRE was originally banded by Long Point Bird Obs. as a ASY-F on May 27, 2002 at LPBO Tip - 22 km ESE of Port Rowan, lat-long 423-0800.
 
The consitutes the 8th foreign encounter from TTPBRS!
 
Cheers,
 
Dan

10/15/2004


Red-tailed Hawk, October 5 (Seabrooke Leckie) Posted by Hello

Yellow-breasted Chat October 6-2004 (Seabrooke Leckie) Posted by Hello

Migration Monitoring at TTP-October 7-13

Kinglets, hermits and white-throats, must be October!
 
Another fantastic week at Tommy Thompson Park started off quietly with 25 birds banded on October 8th. A grade 4 class was treated to banding demonstrations and bird ecology discussions on that day. Heavy south winds really put a damper on ground level migration on the following morning as only 11 birds were captured. Winds shifted to the north on the 10th, resulting in yet another 100+ bird day at TTPBRS. The bulk of the banding total was composed of White-throated Sparrow (24), Myrtle Warbler (21) and Golden-crowned Kinglet (17). Another 122 birds were banded on October 11th, however the biggest day of the week occurred on the 12th as 266 birds were banded, 5 recaptured and 168 released unbanded! An incredible 59 Hermit Thrush were banded along with 89 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 8 Fox Sparrow and 14 Dark-eyed Junco. With no opportunity for pause, another fallout happened on the 13th as 162 birds were banded. I suppose the term fallout is inappropriate for TTP in the fall as birds don't "fallout" so much as they are "pushed out" onto the park from the don valley and lakeshore greenspaces.
 
Note: You can check for more frequent updates on the TTPBRS sightings board which was just revamped and is located at: http://tboweb.blogspot.com/
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Banding
 
October 7
1-Magnolia Warbler
October 8
1-Orange-crowned Warbler Oct 8
1-House Wren Oct 8
October 9
1-Red-eyed Vireo Oct 9
October 10
1-Orange-crowned Warbler Oct 10
4-Swamp Sparrow Oct 10
October 11
1-Eastern Towhee Oct 11
1-Orange-crowed Warbler Oct 11
October 12
59-Hermit Thrush Oct 12
8-Fox Sparrow Oct 12
October 13
1-Black-throated Blue Warbler Oct 13
 
Observations
 
October 7
12-Pine Siskin
1-American Redstart
8-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
October 9
40-Green-winged Teal
60-Gadwall
October 10
1-Ovenbird
October 12
1-Common Goldeneye
1-White-rumped Sandpiper (1st record for TTPBRS)
7-Black-bellied Plover
1-American Golden Plover (2nd record for TTPBRS)
1-Northern Saw-whet Owl
210-Golden-crowned Kinglet
125-Ruby-crowned Kinglet
95-Hermit Thrush
2-House Sparrow
 
Season Banding Total
2997
(2281 to this date in 2003)
 
Season Species Total
159
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
 
The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)
 
TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO:   www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb/

10/08/2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP-September 30-October 6

More busy mornings and a couple of surprises......

The week started off with a bang as 186 birds were banded on September 30, consisting of 11 Brown Creeper, 12 Winter Wren, 74 Golden-crowned Kinglet and 40 White-throated Sparrow. The first day of October saw the arrival of Pine Siskin, Bufflehead and Fox Sparrow. Pine Siskins have been recorded on a daily basis during the past week and in higher than normal density, leading us to believe it may be an irruption year for finches. 105 birds were banded on October 1. October 2-4 were quiet due to a preponderance of southern weather. Wind direction switched to the north on the evening of the 4th and as a result, 210 birds were banded on October 5. Featured on this day were high numbers of Myrtle Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (having a big year), as well as kinglets and white-throats. The highlight of the day was the capture and banding of a Red-tailed Hawk! This is the first of this species ever banded at TTPBRS. Another first was extracted from net 6 on October 6, a HY male Yellow-breasted Chat!

Just another week at Tommy Thompson Park!

HIGHLIGHTS
Banding
1-Tennessee Warbler Sept 30
1-Philadelphia Vireo Sept 30
1-Northern Parula Sept 30
1-Ovenbird Oct 5
1-Blackburnian Warbler Oct 5
45-Myrtle Warbler Oct 5
1-Red-eyed Vireo Oct 5
6-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Oct 5
1-Red-tailed Hawk Oct 5 (1st banding record for TTPBRS)
1-Yellow-breasted Chat Oct 6 (1st record for TTPBRS)

Observations
11-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sept 30
4-Orange-crowned Warbler Sept 30
1-Olive-sided Flycatcher Oct 1
16-Pine Siskin Oct 3
1-Cape-May Warbler Oct 4
80-White-throated Sparrow Oct 5
90-Myrtle Warbler Oct 5
1-Long-tailed Duck Oct 5

Season Banding Total
2248

Season Species Total
156

Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA



The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)


TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO: www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb

10/01/2004

Migration Monitoring at TTP-September 23-29

whew.....

A mega week at Tommy Thompson Park! The first few days of the update period were fairly quiet due to westerly winds. The 58 birds banded on the 23rd was composed mainly of Swainson's and Grey-cheeked Thrush and Nashville Warbler. Migration slowed to a trickle again on the 25th when a mere 21 birds were banded. Two Cape May Warblers were banded on the that day which was a treat to see. Wind switching to North caused a fallout of migrants on the 26th as 113 birds were banded. White-throated Sparrow, Swainson's Thrush, Myrtle Warbler and both species of kinglet were the primary species evident on the day. A major fallout occurred on September 29 as 259 birds were banded, 4 Recaptured and 75 released unbanded. This was the third highest one-day banding total for TTPBRS.

A busy week and I am expecting that October will bring much the same....

HIGHLIGHTS

Banding
1-Blackburnian Warbler Sept 23
18-Swainson's Thrush Sept 23
11-Nashville Warbler Sept 24
2-Cape May Warbler Sept 25
1-Philadelphia Vireo Sept 26
3-Orange-crowned Warbler Sept 26
1-Cape May Warbler Sept 26
1-Bay-breasted Warbler Sept 26
3-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sept 29
1-House Wren Sept 29 (1st date of fall)
136-Golden-crowned Kinglet Sept 29 (not a typo!)
14-Ruby-crowned Kinglet Sept 29
6-Black-throated Blue Warbler Sept 29

Observations
1-Hermit Thrush Sept 23 (1st date of fall)
1-Least Flycatcher Sept 24
1-American Golden Plover Sept 25 (1st date of fall)
1-Red-headed Woodpecker Sept 25 (1st date of fall)
730-Blue Jay Sept 25
4-Common Loon Sept 25
1-Savannah Sparrow Sept 26 (1st date of fall)
3-Horned Lark Sept 26
2-Eastern Towhee Sept 26 (1st date of fall)
45-Myrtle Warbler Sept 26
1-Bald Eagle Sept 28 (1st for TTPBRS)
1-Bald Eagle Sept 29 (2nd for TTPBRS!)
230-Golden-crowned Kinglet Sept 29
6-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sept 29
1-Field Sparrow Sept 29 (1st date of fall)
12-Dark-eyed Junco Sept 29
8-Rusty Blackbird Sept 29 (1st date of fall)

Season Banding Total
1612

Season Species Total
150

Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA


The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)


TRCA: www.trca.on.ca
TBO: www3.sympatico.ca/tboweb